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Speldhurst
 

Speldhurst, St Mary the Virgin


Photo: Dickon Love, 13th Jul 2005

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Weight
(As recorded by G&J dispatched 1933)
Weight
(Prior to 1933 (Whitechapel archives))
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
Tenor 13 cwt approx.not recorded13-1-2642" F♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never
7 10-1-1810-1-89-2-038" G♯ 1933 Gillett & Johnston, Croydon Never
6 6¾ cwt approx.not recorded6-3-1034" A♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel Never
5 6½ cwt approx.6-2-196-0-1633½" B 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
4 6¼ cwt approx.6-1-166-0-331½" C♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
3 5 cwt approx.5-0-115-0-2529½" D♯ 1849 Charles & George Mears, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
2 4½ cwt approx.4-2-204-3-1127⅜" E♯ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
Treble 4¼ approx.4-1-194-2-2426⅝" F♯ 1887 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel 1933 Gillett & Johnston
Hung Dead 4-1-20not recorded4-1-2025¾" G♯ 1920 Mears & Stainbank, Whitechapel Never

Inscriptions

Prior to 1933.

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
7th (of 8)9-2-01849Charles & George MearsNever

History

1791 Church set on fire by lightning, melting the 4 bells.
1812 A bell was cast from the metal of the melted bells byThomas Mears.
1849 5 bells were cast by Charles and George Mears forming bells 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 around the 1812 bell. The timber frame for six probably dates from this time.
1871 New church completed by J. Oldrid Scott.
1887 2 trebles added by Mears & Stainbank to make 8. The frame was probably adapted at this time to accommodate the trebles.
1914 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1920 Sanctus bell cast by Mears & Stainbank and hung for swing chiming in the intermediate chamber. It has often been said that this was intended to be the second of a future 10. Whilst the Editor hasn't pitched this bell, it is something that the local ringer
1931 Bells rehung by Mears & Stainbank.
1933 7th recast and back 6 retuned by Gillett & Johnston. They were dedicated on 7th April.
1974 4th rehung by Whitechapel.
1981 7th rehung by Whitechapel.
1986 The canons from bells 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 were removed and they were rehung by Whitechapel.

Recent Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2011-08-205120 Ealing Surprise Major
2006-11-115056 Cambridge Surprise Major
2005-11-125040 Grandsire Triples
Recent Quarter Peals
The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
2017-08-161260 Grandsire Triples
2017-08-061260 Grandsire Triples
2017-07-021260 Grandsire Triples
2017-06-211260 Doubles
2017-06-041280 Plain Bob Major
2017-05-221280 Spliced Surprise Major (4m)
2017-05-131260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-04-261280 Plain Bob Major
2017-03-051280 Plain Bob Major
2017-02-131280 Gladiator Delight Major
2017-02-051260 Grandsire Triples
2017-01-161260 Plain Bob Doubles
2017-01-011260 Plain Bob Triples
2016-10-241260 Plain Bob Triples
2016-08-071260 Grandsire Triples
2016-07-071260 Grandsire Triples
2016-06-121260 Grandsire Triples
2016-05-231260 Single Oxford Bob Triples
2016-04-161280 Yateley Surprise Major
2016-03-281280 Lincolnshire Surprise Major
2016-02-081260 Middlesex Bob Triples
2016-01-231260 Grandsire Triples
2015-12-061260 Grandsire Triples
2015-10-171280 Double Norwich Court Bob Major
2015-10-041260 Grandsire Triples
Full list of peals here
Full list of quarters here

Love's Guide to the Church Bells of Kent Page updated: 1 April 2016